How To Relax and Renew Your Spirit In Recovery
You are sober and healthy. You’re back at work, you’re doing your steps, and you are in the daily grind. But it’s been a long time since you’ve taken a much-needed vacation and would like to get away – but your sobriety comes first, and you want to prevent any temptations while trying to relax. Yes, you could avoid areas of a resort where people are drinking or use techniques learned in recovery on how to explain your situation to dodge any awkward encounters. But you’re just not there yet. You want to relax, avoid temptation, and be around others who are sober too. So where do you go? Sober-friendly vacations, cruises, workshops, and retreats can fulfill your need to get-away, find camaraderie, and stay committed to your recovery. Here are some ideas to get you excited about your next vacation.
Sober Yoga and Meditation Retreats
There are many sober yoga and meditation retreats all over the U.S. One company, Bigger Life Adventures, offers classes, workshops, and retreats to serve those in recovery. From yoga and sound healing to biking and hiking, their vacations are filled with holistic healing, creativity, and community in a safe space with others in sobriety. One workshop focuses purely on breathwork as a path to accessing meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude. Retreats to national parks like Joshua Tree are also offered and blend outdoor activities like hiking, yoga, and rock climbing with health counseling and recovery coaching sessions. These adventures are for both men and women (unless specified otherwise).
Another well-known organization that hosts wellness retreats is She Recovers. The organization’s mission is to create welcoming spaces and transformative opportunities to connect, support, and empower recovering women. Their retreats offer many wellness activities such as paddle boarding, yoga and meditation – but their main goal is radical self-care and nurturing souls. Most retreats focus on rest and recovery while connecting with other like-hearted and like-minded women.
Sober Adventure Travel
If you’re looking for some worldly adventure, there are sober travel groups around the U.S. and abroad. One organization called Sober Outside leads co-ed as well as women-only travel adventures for the sober community. Excursions are both within the United States and abroad with destinations from big cities and mountains to forests and river valleys. No drinking or drug use is allowed on the trips, and their overall mission is to create and grow a safe, supportive community for women and men when traveling. And most importantly – they want members to be having as much fun in sobriety as possible!
Sober Camping Trips
Being in the great outdoors tends to inspire most people to be healthy, but some camping excursions like The Camping Trip, offer a way for people in recovery, both young and old, to have a great time camping in a sober environment. The trip is designed for both singles and families and includes all the fun of camping combined with meetings and shared stories of sobriety around a campfire.
Cruises can seem intimidating to most people in recovery as “the all-inclusive” vibe, complete with well-stocked bars, can prove to be a significant temptation. However, sober cruises, like Sober Celebrations, allow people in recovery to travel without worrying about relapsing. Their goal is to provide a safe, compassionate environment for individuals to broaden their horizons and travel to exciting destinations around the world. Each vacation has been designed to maximize experiences with other sober guests. They offer trips from Asia to cruises through the Mediterranean, and several points in-between.
Sober Music Festivals
Maybe during a quiet weekend away, you want to get out and go to a concert – but you don’t want to be around alcohol, drugs and a bunch of wasted fans. Organizations like Above The Noise are now hosting drug-and-alcohol-free music festivals that inspire, empower, and provide grassroots funding to U.S. cities battling the national addiction epidemic. Their festivals offer individuals and communities a safe, sober music festival experience as well as connection, education, and access to desperately needed resources. The organization held its first-ever Recovery Fest with Macklemore in 2018.
Moreover, many concerts are now offering “substance-free zones” marked by yellow balloons promising a healthy alternative for people in recovery and those who want to drink less. Organizations like S.AF.E, or Sober AF Entertainment, provide these substance-free zones at concerts and sporting events. Another group called Harmonium was founded on the purpose to provide support and information to those who seek the camaraderie of other sober people at festivals. The only requirement is a desire to stay drug and alcohol-free at festivals. With all of these great sober vacation choices – it’s time to get out there, relax, and enjoy your new life in sobriety!
Addiction and Treatment
Addiction can happen to anyone, and it can make you feel isolated, but you are not alone. Treatment is available, and recovery is possible. Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help.